Comedy Central finds its Jon Heder replacement

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Upright Citizens Brigade regular
Chris Gethard has been tapped to replace Jon Heder on the upcoming Comedy
Central comedy “BigLake.”

Heder dropped out of the show last
week – just two days before production was set to start – over creative
differences.

To find Heder’s replacement, Gary
Sanchez Prods. Partners Adam McKay and Chris Henchy didn’t have to look far:
Gethard appears in the upcoming summer feature “The Other Guys,” which was
written by McKay and Henchy and directed by McKay.

McKay, Henchy and Gary Sanchez
partner Will Ferrell are behind “BigLake” (working title), along with fellow
exec producer Lew Morton. Comedy Central has already ordered an initial 10
episodes of the series, with an option for 90 more.

It’s also an “Saturday Night Live”
reunion of sorts: Gethard has written for the latenight sketch staple, and will
star opposite “SNL” alums Horatio Sanz and Chris
Parnell.

Gethard stars as a man chasing big
dreams — even as he loses his job and moves back in with his parents. Sanz will
play one of his pals, an ex-convict, with Parnell as another friend, a
burned-out teacher.

Together, Gethard, Sanz and Parnell
attempt to save their hometown — until they ultimately fail in each
episode.

Gethard’s other credits include
writing for the Onion News Network and the book “Weird New York.” He recently
attracted media attention for organizing an unusual event at the Upright
Citizens Brigade – in which he flew a random YouTube user to New York and centered an
entire show around him.

Gethard has also appeared on “Late
Night with Conan O’Brien” and laffers “The Knights of Prosperity” and “Hope and
Faith.”

Production on “Big Lake” will now kick off next week in New York.

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